I used to just use a power strip surge protector. But I kept getting a fizzled picture on the TV whenever anything happened electrically in my apt. Got a Monster Power center (mid-level component type) and never see any such effects any more. It's great.
Of course, the reason I'm posting this is because my theater is under a month away from going live... and I want to make sure I'm not putting my equipment at risk.
At this point, I'm leaning towards a respectable brand outlet strip as the starting point, and upgrading if the need presents itself. If this poll reveals a larger percentage going with something more, i'll consider it.
Already I'm surprised with the number of people using voltage regulators and UPS's.
I'm using a UPS, in part because power failures would kill the lamp in my LCD RPTV, in part because there is also a home theater PC (and they don't take kindly to getting power yanked either). With the frequent mini-outtages in my previous residence it was well worth the money.
I personally do not use any type of surge protection on my system. (well not intentionally that power strip I use may have a MOV in it) For starters I live in an area of very low lightning. Also all comsumer electronics have to pass basic high voltage transient immunity so they already have MOV's in them.
I prefer to rely on a good home owners insurance policy, mine covers my equipment if it is damaged by power surges or lightning (as long as I did not cause them myself)
Sure, I love my current system but I would not shed too many tears if lightning struck my house and my insurance bought me a shinny new system.
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